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Democrats declare checkmate in fiscal cliff debate

December 14, 2012 In the ongoing fiscal cliff chess match playing out on Capitol Hill, Democrats have a message for Republicans: checkmate. Democrats look at the political landscape and see a win whether a deal gets cut now or after the country goes over the cliff. Worst-case scenario, they say, the House will...

Boehner, Obama no closer to cliff deal after latest offers

December 12, 2012 After swapping more offers and counter offers early this week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner remain hundreds of billions of dollars apart in talks to avert the recession-threatening fiscal cliff, as both frustration and deadline pressure grow. On Monday, Obama gave Boehner a revised offer that lowered the...

Gephardt: Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Cost Some Lawmakers Their Jobs

December 7, 2012 Getting a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is going to cost some lawmakers their jobs. “There are people who are going to have to vote for this and they’re going to lose their next election. I can swear to you that’s going to happen,” former Democratic House Majority Leader...

Boehner's fiscal cliff counter offer doesn't satisfy White House

December 4, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner’s fiscal-cliff counter offer on Monday boots the ball squarely back into President Obama’s court, buying the Republican leader time as Democrats work the clock to force Republicans to cave in on their opposition to tax hikes for the wealthy. Boehner’s offer of $800 billion in new...

McCain calls Kerry 'Mr. Secretary'

December 3, 2012 After Democratic Sen. John Kerry introduced Republican Sen. John McCain at a press conference Monday, McCain said, "Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary," drawing laughs from the crowd with a reference to speculation that Kerry is on President Obama's short list to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. When...

All sides claim deal on fiscal cliff obtainable

November 16, 2012 Congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden on Friday projecting optimism that they can strike a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff before the end of the year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that congressional leaders and the White...

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